I have recently found a new love for psychological thrillers, hence the reason I chose to read The Sisters by Claire Douglas and I can honestly say that I was gripped from the first few pages. After the last line of the first chapter revealed that the protagonist, Abi Cavendish, shockingly killed her twin sister, Lucy, I knew that this book was going to be difficult to put down.
The story centres around Abi who lost her beloved twin sister a couple of years ago in a tragic accident. Abi is still desperately haunted by Lucy’s death and sees her sister everywhere in the world around her, although evidently this is a reflection of her grief and guilt as Lucy is dead. Abi meets Beatrice (Bea) who is handing out leaflets on a street in Bath and is immediately drawn to Bea as she uncannily resembles Lucy through her looks, her personality and even her “high and tinkly” laugh. She later finds out that Bea also has a twin, Ben, and that their parents died in a car crash when they were young. At first it seems that Abi has so much in common with the twins, however all is not what it seems. As the story unfolds strange and mysterious things begin to happen and there are many unexpected twists.
It is often said that a good book is always too short, and that was definitely the case with The Sisters. I read the entirety of the book in 24 hours and, although I clearly had a lot of time on my hands, this goes to show how captivating it was. I really enjoyed the fact that I was constantly toying with who I believed was responsible for all the mysterious events that took place and honestly I could not have absolutely guessed the culprit until very near the end when it is revealed.
That said, however, I did suspect a couple of the plot twists prematurely. I would not go so far as to say that this made the book any less enjoyable as there were other twists that I had not foreseen or expected, however I do believe that it would have been just that little bit more exciting and thrilling if I had been completely unsuspecting.
Nevertheless, I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone who loves a bit of mystery! I would give the book 4 stars.